Here are some scenarios:
a) 5 mediocre applications in R2, 0 in R3
b) 3 strong applications in R2, 0 in R3
c) Laddered: 3 strong applications in R2, 2 strong applications in R3
While a bit of a strawman, I would cross out a) in your case. However, b)and c) are very similar with the only difference being the activity in the third round. This third round activity increases the chance of an acceptance in your portfolio while having virtually no effect on your activity in the second round.
Is this an accurate description in your case?
Hjort, I'm sorry but I don't think I quite understand.
So its better to apply in the 3rd round?
I have yet to take my GMAT (very soon!). Thinking about UCLA (#1 choice), UCI and USC (I'm leaning towards FT programs for all three) Which rounds should I apply to?
<btw, forgive me if I am hijacking this thread>
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